When you’re looking for a holiday gift for a craft beer aficionado, it may be an overwhelming task. Face it, craft beer fans are a particular group, but if you can pick out a unique six-pack, your brew fan will appreciate the effort (if not love the outcome). Buy beer for a craft brewer? Sure, why not? Even bakers, cooks, or other culinary artists like to enjoy things they didn’t have to make from time to time. Consider some of these ideas when picking out a gift for the craft brewer in your life, but always remember to give and drink responsibly. “ A DWI offense is serious,” says Kraft & Associates, “ penalties can vary from steep fines to a few days in jail.” Don’t take the risk.
Give the Gift of a Unique Six-Pack
If you’re taking the time to create a “build your own” six-pack, it might take awhile to track down all of the highlighted brews, but the effort and the limited winter brews will make it even more special.
- Highland Cold Mountain Ale: This seasonal ale from Highland Brewing Company out of Asheville, NC, has a malty body, is lightly hopped and has a mix of spices including vanilla and hazelnut.
- JoCo White Winter: Another seasonal ale from North Carolina hails from Clayton and is crafted by Deep River Brewing Company, Johnston County’s first legal brewery. JoCo White Winter is a Belgian Dubbel with notes of white sweet potatoes, toasted marshmallows, and a blend of spices.
- Anchor Christmas Ale: Some people collect christmas knick knacks each year, others collect Anchor Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. For over 40 years, the San Francisco brewing company has brewed the Christmas Ale each year, but changing up the recipe and the label. The company is top secret about their recipe, but that doesn’t stop fans from buying it out quickly.
- Founders Breakfast Stout: Beer for Breakfast? It’s the holidays, you can do whatever you want. This chocolate, coffee, & oat stout was created at Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI. A brew this delicious and rich only lasts a couple of months so you better grab some for the coffee/chocolate/oatmeal fan in your life.
- Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie: You might be able to skip dessert if this brew is cracked open. Created with Vermont Maple sugar, chocolate malted barley from England and Japanese Pecan, this winter treat from High Water Brewing Co. in Chico, CA is a worldly delight.
- Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer: This dark winter ale, from Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, NY, stands out with eight malts, eight hops, and 8% ABV. A true celebration of the eight nights around Hanukkah. Better yet? It’s widely available in many states across the country.
If giving a six-pack isn’t your thing, there are other great gift ideas for craft beer fans. Lots of craft brewing companies offer special gifts that are perfect for stocking stuffers. If you know your craft beer fan’s favorite brewery, check out their website and you’re likely to find something good from clothing to glassware to other novelty items.
Guest Writer – Landon Biehl
Landon Biehl resides in Wilmington, North Carolina. As an avid craft beer drinker, Landon enjoys attending various beer fests around the state, and exploring new local brews. Landon is also enjoys writing about topics that are unique and not explored by others.